Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted most of all was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet—a whole new system of writing that could be read by touch.
—from the book jacket
“Braille deserves to be on everyone’s list of great inventors. [As a teenager] he managed to create a system of reading and writing that is still used today . . . no one so young has developed something that has had such a lasting and profound impact on so many people.”
—from the author’s note of Six Dots
Watch this YouTube video for a brief overview of Braille’s life and his invention of the braille language. (Note—the video states correctly that Louis had an accident at age three, which led to his eventual blindness at age five.)
See and hear Teri Lesesne share her review of Six Dots during her unique book-talk "Road Trip" with Karin Perry.